Japanese Protein Oat Porridge

I love mixing up my morning protein oats by using random stuff from my house. In this recipe I shared on our Instagram stories, I made protein oats inspired by Japanese miso soup.

It’s super nourishing thanks to the bone broth, moshio seaweed salt, and foraged chanterelle mushrooms.

It’s fast to make in the morning (it took me literally 5 minutes) but you’ll need to do some prep the night before (soak your oats and sous vide your eggs).

Methodology wouldn’t exist if I didn’t have this…

When I founded Methodology, it was literally the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I don’t think Stephen or I took a single day off during the first nine months. I’d liquidated my entire retirement savings to invest it into the business and to live off it since we couldn’t afford to pay me. The business was so hard on me physically, mentally, and emotionally that even my boyfriend (now my ex lol) at the time said something like, “Maybe you should figure out a limit on how much time and money you’re willing to put into this so you know when to quit.”

But I’d never actually seriously thought about quitting. Sure, there were days when I thought, “I effing hate my job” but in my mind, I wasn’t going to stop until my vision came to life. I kept going no matter what crazy shenanigans happened because my “Why” for suffering was super clear to me: I wanted so badly for everyone to know how much eating the right food could positively impact their health, energy, and life the same way it had impacted mine. And here I am, still running this company with Stephen 4 years later.

This is why today, while New Year’s resolutions are fresh on our minds, I want to emphasize how important it is for you to figure out Why you want to achieve your New Year’s resolutions or whatever goals are on your mind. Because one thing I learned from my experience with Methodology is that building systems and working hard isn’t enough to ensure success. There will for sure come times -- repeated times -- when things are so damn hard that all you want to do is quit. And unless you’re clear on your Why, you probably won’t be able to overcome these moments.

This is why your Why is so important. Because if your Why is powerful enough, then it’ll pull you through all the times you can’t find the strength or willpower to keep going.

And once you’ve  figure out your Why for your goals, you still need systems on top of that to help you succeed.

This is is where we step in to provide you with personalized Food as Medicine. Avoiding foods that harm you plus eating more foods that nourish you helps you feel your best, which in turn helps you achieve your Why and live your best life possible.

When you fuel your body with whole, unprocessed, high-quality foods, this can:

  • Help heal diseases that are caused or made worse by inflammation that make it difficult to live life to the fullest (and “diseases” includes tons of health issues you may not even realize can be linked to food like asthma, allergies, anxiety, depression, eczema, acne, and more)

  • Restore the balance of your gut bacteria so you feel energized and more alive

  • Make it easier to break your food addictions to sugar, processed foods, and other addicting foods so you feel more in control of your food and your life

Here at Methodology, helping you reach your Why is the reason why we exist.

That’s why we built our product to make it eating well a quick and easy no-brainer. We:

  • Deliver weekly so you have healthy food in your fridge when you need it

  • Pre-cook the food so all you have to do is reheat it in less than 5 minutes

  • Allow you to order pre-portioned meals for the times you need healthy food on the go or Mix ‘n Match jars for ultimate control over what you eat

  • Automatically assign you food based on your food preferences so you get a personalized menu each week that’ll help you achieve your goals even if you don’t have time to choose your own food

Can’t wait to help you reach your Why.

Julie


Vietnamese Morning Glory Salad

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This is a super simple Vietnamese salad recipe from my dad that I grew up eating. The most labor-intensive part is shredding the Morning Glory, but it’s also kind of fun. Hope you like it!

Ingredients

1 cup sushi seasoning (available at Asian grocery markets)

1 cup coco rico soda (available at Asian grocery markets)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

splash of balsamic vinegar

2 bunches of Morning Glory (available at Asian grocery markets)

1 bunch of cilantro

1 bunch of Thai basil (available at Asian grocery markets)

1 white onion

black pepper

1 lime

Directions

  1. Make the salad dressing first. In a bowl, add 1 cup of coco rico soda, 1 cup of sushi seasoning, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Set the dressing aside.

  2. Next, cut the stems off the Morning Glory and use a Morning Glory cutter like this one (also available at Asian grocery stores) to cut each Morning Glory stem into ribbons. Use scissors to cut the Morning Glory into little golf-ball sized bundles so that it’ll be easier to eat with your fork or chopsticks. Keep the ribbons in a bowl of cold water so that they stay fresh. If you can’t finish your Morning Glory, store it refrigerated in the same bowl of cold water, fully immersed.

  3. Chop the cilantro and set it aside.

  4. Chop the onion and set it aside.

  5. Chop the Thai basil and set it aside.

  6. Assemble the salad. In a bowl, combine the Morning Glory ribbons, cilantro, onion, and Thai Basil. Add dressing to taste and mix. Squeeze lime juice to taste. Add black pepper to taste.

  7. Optional: add your favorite protein and mix. I like beef sauteed with soy sauce, garlic, and onion or poached chicken.

Instagram Story

In case it’s helpful, here’s the Instagram story I posted on December 30, 2018, where my dad showed me how to make this salad.

Where to eat in Bangkok

Here’s a map of the places I ate at (or wanted to eat at but didn’t make it to) when I was in Bangkok recently.

The food is excellent in Bangkok. Some things you MUST do:

  1. Night market street food: either explore on your own or book a food tour with an experienced guide who will know the best vendor for all the most popular dishes, such as mango sticky rice

  2. Mall food courts: the food at them is to die for and it’s such an easy way to try a ton of Thai dishes in a really clean and comfortable environment

  3. High-end Thai food, at either Nahm or Bo.lan

  4. Floating market: you’ll have to hunt for really good dishes but the whole experience, though super touristy, is really comical and fun

Just be prepared for (1) hella traffic, probably the worst I’ve ever experienced and (2) a culture where it feels like a lot of people are trying to scam money out of tourists, particularly taxi drivers.


Where to eat in Hoi An

Vietnamese cuisine varies by region, so it was fun eating a lot of the dishes I had in Hanoi again in Hoi An and seeing how differently they’re prepared.

The Hoi An places I tried are below, with my favorites being Morning Glory, Banh Mi Tam Hoa (sells out by 10 AM), Vy’s Market, and Pho Xua. I’m sad I didn’t get to try Com Ga Ba Buoi because every time I swung by they weren’t open yet or were already closed. I bet I would’ve loved it there.

Most of the restaurant cluster you see in the map are in the Hoi An Old Quarter. I wish I had booked an AirBnB or hotel walking distance from that area because I pretty much hung out there the whole time I was in Hoi An. None of the restaurants I saw by the beach looked good to me.

You can also click this link to bookmark this map on your phone:

https://goo.gl/maps/kwxJLV7oNKD2

Where to eat in Hanoi

I had the best time eating and drinking in Hanoi, Vietnam for 5 days. Since so many of you who followed along on our Instagram stories requested that I share a list of where I went, here’s the Google Map I used to get around Hanoi. I ate at most but not all of these places. The list also includes a few gyms and tourist attractions, but I’d use this list for the food bookmarks.

BTW, all of my Vietnam Instagram stories are saved on the Highlights of our Instagram profile page: https://www.instagram.com/gomethodology/

You can also click on and bookmark this link on your phone: https://goo.gl/maps/VdCPCKFKudL2